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The Politics of Invisibility: Public Knowledge about Radiation Health Effects after Chernobyl

Olga Kuchinskaya


Before Fukushima, the most notorious large-scale nuclear accident the world had seen was Chernobyl in 1986. The fallout from Chernobyl covered vast areas in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe. Belarus, at the time a Soviet republic, suffered heavily: nearly a quarter of its territory was covered with long-lasting radionuclides. Yet the damage from the massive fallout was largely imperceptible; contaminated communities looked exactly like non-contaminated ones. It could only be known through constructed representations of it. The book explores how we know what we know about Chernobyl ... More

Keywords: Chernobyl, nuclear accident, radiological contamination, contaminated communities, imperceptible hazards, production of invisibility, health risks, infrastructures, Belarus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027694
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olga Kuchinskaya, author
University of Pittsburgh